Hiranai Keibai Group

Hashikami Town, Aomori

Keimai, a dance with headdress imitating chicken’s head, is considered as a form of nenbutsu odori in connection with the cult of chicken as exorcist, transmitted from Kesen region belonging to Sendai domain in Ansei era (1854-1859).
The items of the Hiranai Keimai are comprised of haka nenbutsu (prayer in front of tomb), butsudan nenbutsu (prayer in front of Buddhist altar) and niwaodori (garden dance). The latter keeps nine pieces as its repertory in their original form.